The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that wraps around the urethra. It’s part of a man’s reproductive system. One of its main jobs is to add fluid to sperm. Although the gland starts out small, as a man ages it can grow. This is called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Eventually, an enlarged prostate can clamp down on the urethra, restricting the flow of urine from the bladder. This leads to problems such as frequent urination, urine leakage, and urinary tract infections.

A concerned reader asked our Expert Panel whether there is a pill that can help shrink the prostate. Here’s the question and answer from our Panel.

Question: is there a pill that will shrink your prostate ?

As a man ages, his prostate enlarges with benign, or non-cancerous, tissue which is medically known as “benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)”. While Surgery is the standard treatment for the condition, it can cause complications such as sexual dysfunction and impotence. Currently, there are two classes of drugs available for treating the symptoms of BPH – alpha blockers and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors; these drugs help relax the muscles of the prostate and shrink the enlarged prostate. I would suggest talking to your physician regarding this medications and they will be able to provide you better guidance on which one is better depending upon your condition. There are many herbal pills available to help with BPH but The American Urological Association currently does not recommend any herbal therapy for managing BPH.

Dixya Bhattarai.

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